Mardi Gras, Carnival and New Orleans celebrations

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King’s Day is a tradition marking the 12th night after Christmas and the official start of the Mardi season. Carnival is celebrated along the Gulf Coast with parties, balls and parades culminating on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, a final day of celebration before Lent. Mardi Gras falls on Feb. 17 this year.

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